Between years 1992-1995 Honda made the Civic VX hatchback. It was a normal 4-passenger 4-cylinder civic that had a regular gas engine that got between 48-56mpg. http://www.gassavers.org/garage/view/104 http://www.autohopper.com/fuel_economy_cars/results_gas_mileage.asp *Why can't honda or any other car manufacturer just make something similar to this now? *Has engine technology gone backwards in the last 16-years? *Is it a conspiracy between the oil companies and the car manufacturers? *Why does it now take an expensive hybrid to equal the same gas mileage as normal 16yr-old cars?